Another old friend is joining the Phillies' coaching staff as a guest instructor in Clearwater this spring.
Bobby Abreu will make his coaching debut, while Larry Bowa, Brad Lidge, Charlie Manuel, Dan Plesac and Mike Schmidt will all be back to assist in spring training.
Gabe Kapler has a lot of experience on his side as he prepares for his first camp as a major-league manager.
Abreu was a polarizing player in these parts, drawing criticism from fans for a perceived lack of hustle and not nearly enough praise for hitting .303/.416/.513 in his nine seasons with the Phils. He was one of the most complete players in the game during his peak from 1998 to 2006.
The Phillies' first workout with pitchers and catchers is Feb. 14 in Clearwater. Full-squad workouts begin Feb. 19.